Africa’s Information Highway - The AfDB Launches Open Data Platforms for 20 African Countries The African Development Bank (AfDB) has launched Open Data Platforms for the following 20 African countries: Algeria, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Democratic Republic of Congo, Ethiopia, Malawi, Morocco, Mozambique, Namibia, Nigeria, Ghana, Rwanda, Republic of Congo, Senegal, South Africa, South Sudan, Tanzania, Tunisia, Zambia and Zimbabwe. The Open Data Platform program is part of the AfDB’s recently launched “Africa Information Highway” initiative aimed at significantly improving data management and dissemination in Africa. Work is on course to complete platforms for the rest of African countries by July 2013. The Open Data Platform is a user-friendly tool for extracting data, creating and sharing own customized reports, and visualizing data across themes, sectors and countries in tables, charts and maps.
Google's Hotpot Recommendation Engine for Places Arrives on iPhone Google upgraded the Places experience on iPhone with a native app release Wednesday that includes its new Hotpot recommendation engine. The app is designed to help users discover and rate nearby places. It mirrors the Hotpot functionality in Google Maps for Android and works in conjunction with Hotpot on the web to include reviews and ratings from friends. Future Boy: Talent hunting in the counterculture - Aug. 31, 2006 Pyromaniacs on the payroll? Sure. Counterculture events like this week's Burning Man attract exactly the kind of creative people you want working for you. (Business 2.0 Magazine) -- If you want to make an appointment to see Larry Page and Sergey Brin this week, you'll have a harder time than usual doing so. The Google founders are making their annual pilgrimage to the Black Rock Desert in Nevada for the Burning Man festival. Google's known for its exacting hiring requirements, which include a degree from a top-notch university and a stratospheric GPA.
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Curved Spaces Curved Spaces is a flight simulator for multiconnected universes. Such toy universes are the 3D analog of the torus and Klein bottle on which the simpler 2D Torus Games are played. Because light itself wraps around such a space, inhabitants see their universe’s contents repeating in a crystalline pattern, like a hall of mirrors but with no reflection. Curved Spaces is intended for undergraduates and graduate students studying 3‑manifolds, and has also found use as a research tool in topology and cosmology. Questions?
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